Status Update (May 27)

Greetings, Kokua/Imprudence fans! It’s time for another status update.

Lately, we have been hard at work finishing up Imprudence 1.4.0 beta 1. It has been a loooong time coming, but we think it will be worth the wait! Our current goal is to release the beta next week, perhaps on Thursday or Friday. But, as with any release, that depends on our personal schedules and how much time we can work on Imprudence between now and then.

One bit of exciting news is that I have been able to focus and make good progress on the Mac media system in the past few days. It’s not fully working yet, but it’s close. With a bit of luck and some favorable winds, I will be able to get audio streams on Mac working in time for the beta next week!

Work on Kokua is taking a back seat while we wrap up Imprudence 1.4.0 beta 1. After beta 1 is released, we will be switching focus to Kokua while the feedback and bug reports for beta 1 come in. Our plan is to update Kokua to SL Viewer 2.6, then release another Kokua test build. The Kokua test build will be followeb by Imprudence 1.4.0 beta 2, although we might switch that order if the 2.6 merge seems to be taking too long.

Quite a few people have suggested that we just abandon Imprudence 1.4, and focus only on Kokua. These suggestions are usually reactions to rumors that Linden Lab will “very soon” block 1.x-based third-party viewers (like Imprudence) from connecting to Second Life. But actually, although Oz Linden has said in the past that they might block 1.x-based TPVs eventually, there has been no indication that it will happen soon.

Furthermore, even if Imprudence stopped working with Second Life, it will still work with OpenSim for many years to come. OpenSim and its derivatives are our primary targets, and we remain committed to supporting them. So, we will continue to juggle both Imprudence and Kokua development until Imprudence 1.4 is finished. It is certainly challenging to develop two viewers in parallel, but abandoning Imprudence before it is wrapped up would be a disservice to many of our users. We will carry on and see the task through to completion.

8 Responses to “Status Update (May 27)”

  1. zoebuggy

    great news :) for me …both Mac media and Kokua, and i def understand about keeping Impy going for Open Sim despite me never ventured there. Thanks for the update :)

  2. Rhonda Pennell

    thank you for the update…I am feverishly anticipating the final Imprudence 1.4:)

  3. Paul

    It is good to know that you care enough about the users of Imprudence to finish it, even though your main focus is going to be on Kokura.

    I have seen too many times, even with software paid for by customers, that when they develop a new version, that they abandon the customers that use the older version.

    This shows the integrity and dedication you have and that is the reason that Imprudence and Kokura are such good viewers (I’d say the best available).

  4. Lalo Telling

    I too, eagerly await 1.4 Beta — I’ve been a loyal user of the Experimentals all along.

    Now, if only I could find (or re-establish) my login info for the issue tracker…

  5. Christophe Cerna

    Okay, so wait! Imprudence 1.4 Beta 1… Is it going to be more like the Experimental Releases with the Allignment tool in the build window, eye candy, whitelisting/blacklisting streams, etc.? I mean all the extra bonus features that are just too awesome to live without… If so, it would be great… I have been using only the experimental releases only because the regular versions don’t have all these added features. Also, will the multiple attachment feature that SLV 2 and Phoenix has be available in this 1.4.0 Beta 1 release?

  6. Dello

    Very excited to hear that streaming may return to the Mac platform next week (fingers crossed)!

  7. fabrixx

    Thank you, i hope to solve my login issue with kokua b1

  8. arakell

    @Paul: I’d say it happens even more with paid software (probably because they want customers to pay even more for upgrading)